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Updated: April 15, 2018
Being a mom is already a fulltime job. But when mom is working in an office or from home, that adds to the challenge of keeping everything in check.
I remember the chaos of keeping up with my youngest daughter’s after school activities plus my own like taking mom to her doctor appointments, make time for blogging or a webinar I had scheduled to attend. It felt like there was never enough hours in a day for me but I know I’m preaching to the choir.
Time is the enemy mamas but I do have some orgnization tips that can help you balance your home and work life.
I know each of us has our own thing going on but these common tips that worked for me and I’m a hot mess when it comes to being organized – can be tailored to your own circumstances.
Organization Tips For Your Work-from-Home Life
There are lots of misconceptions about working from home. But the truth of the matter is if you don’t have your sh*t together, you’ll waste a lot of time and not get much done.
So here’s how you can manage your work-from-home life.
Declutter Your Work Area
I’ve heard that a messy desk is a sign of genius. Well, I’m no genius but by the end of the day my desk is a mess. I have notes everywhere, empty bottles of water, my 5lb. dumbbells, pens and highlighters all over the place and a bottle of Tylenol.
That’s not what you want to wake up to when you get ready to start your work day. It’s like waking up to a sink full of dishes…you don’t even feel like cooking anymore with dishes piled up waiting to be washed. At least I don’t, hehe.
The same can be said with a messy desk. When you see the clutter around your desk it can block your creative juices.
So declutter your work area at the end of the day to start the next day off with a clean workspace.
At the end of your work day (mine is usually at night) if you’ve got stuff on your mind you don’t want to forget about the next morning, set reminders on your calendar, write it on a notebook or on a post-it to help you remember.
Whether you have a work-from-home job or home-based business a to-do list of the tasks you do daily will keep you organized.
You can type it out on a spreadsheet and color-code like the one I have on Google Drive for easy access. I also have a paper copy so I can write notes on writable tabs. I know it’s kinda weird but it helps me keep everything in the ole noggin’.
Or if you like using adhesive tabs you can get planner stickers like this set by Denise Albright that’s available on Amazon. It has stickers for work, home, projects, to-do, bills, and more.
They have a fun design and fit for any planner.
Now let’s go over some tips for your home life.
I don’t want to bust your bubble mama but the best thing you can do for yourself is to get up before the kids. An extra thirty minutes to an hour to wake up, get dressed and have coffee can help ease the morning rush.
I failed at this but you’ll probably have better luck than I did. Meal prepping saves a lot of time. So if you can prep a week’s worth of meals and afternoon snacks ahead of time that’ll give you more time to do other things.
Like I said, I failed at this but I did find a post on Bless This Mess that has meal planning ideas for busy moms.
Getting the kids ready for school is no easy task. So to ease the morning rush, here are some things you can do in your night time routine.
- Pick out clothes for the next day.
- Make sure homework is done, papers are signed and in the backpack. Select a special place for them so there are no lost homework or backpack fire drills in the morning.
- Meal prepping school lunches can also be a time-saver.
Add More Time On The Clock
One of my boys was so slow in the morning. So I set the clock 20 minutes ahead to get more time in order to stay on schedule when my son wasn’t.
If you’re into hacks, check out the 10 organization hacks on The unoriginal Mom.
Organize Appointments and Special Events
Keep appointments and special events in one calendar for the whole family.
Cozi is a great online calendar for busy families. It had been a long time since I used this app – the kids were still in school.
But when I was putting this post together, I updated my account. So now I keep up with my youngest daughter, who’s away at college and her furbaby’s appointments and to-do’s.
And they have more features too.
Along with the features they already had like a shopping list and meal planning, now you can configure Cozi with your Google calendar or get the Cozi app on your smartphone.
More Features When You Upgrade To Cozi Gold
There’s also an option to upgrade to gold their gold package. $29.99 a year.
It covers the whole family and it includes a birthday tracker, a mobile calendar to see all your appointments, a calendar change notification for the family not to mention premium customer support.
Over To You
So those are the organization tips I have to keep your work and home life balanced. If you have anything to add that can help other mamas, share it with us in the comments below.
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